Judge’s warning after ‘chilling’ case

Thursday, 26 January 2017

A JUDGE has warned perpetrators of domestic violence that they face the wrath of the courts.
District Judge Peter King's hard-hitting comments came yesterday (Monday, January 23) after he heard a "chilling" case involving a Dervock man who punched his victim on the head after threatening to strangle her "to death."
North Antrim Magistrates, sitting in Coleraine, were told how Paul Hamilton had gone to the woman's home after midnight on March 20 last year.
His victim was asleep with her 14-month-old daughter when she heard a banging noise. She opened the door to find her ex-boyfriend who put his foot in the doorway to prevent her from closing it.
After 'flicking' her in the face, he said: "I told you I'd get you; I'm going to strangle you to death."
The frightened woman asked Hamilton, from Knock Road, why a brick was at her back door and he replied: "You'll see."
She banged the windows to wake her sister as 26-year-old Hamilton followed her, punching her on the back of the head. He made off when the woman's sister came to her aid and later admitted a common assault charge.


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